Effect of Poloxamer 188 vs Placebo on Painful Vaso-Occlusive Episodes in Children and Adults With Sickle Cell Disease: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial, Phase III;Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

Importance: Although effective agents are available to prevent painful vaso-occlusive episodes of sickle cell disease (SCD), there are no disease-modifying therapies for ongoing painful vaso-occlusive episodes; treatment remains supportive. A previous phase 3 trial of poloxamer 188 reported shortened duration of painful vaso-occlusive episodes in SCD, particularly in children and participants treated with hydroxyurea. Objective: To reassess the efficacy of poloxamer 188 for vaso-occlusive episodes. Design, Setting, and Participants: Phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter, international trial conducted from May 2013 to February 2016 that included 66 hospitals in 12 countries and 60 cities; 388 individuals with SCD (hemoglobin SS, SC, S-β0 thalassemia, or S-β+ thalassemia disease) aged 4 to 65 years with acute moderate to severe pain typical of painful vaso-occlusive episodes requiring hospitalization were included. Interventions: A 1-hour 100-mg/kg loading dose of poloxamer 188 intravenously followed by a 12-hour to 48-hour 30-mg/kg/h continuous infusion (n = 194) or placebo (n = 194). Main Outcomes and Measures: Time in hours from randomization to the last dose of parenteral opioids among all participants and among those younger than 16 years as a separate subgroup. Results: Of 437 participants assessed for eligibility, 388 were randomized (mean age, 15.2 years; 176 [45.4%] female), the primary outcome was available for 384 (99.0%), 15-day follow-up contacts were available for 357 (92.0%), and 30-day follow-up contacts were available for 368 (94.8%). There was no significant difference between the groups for the mean time to last dose of parenteral opioids (81.8 h for the poloxamer 188 group vs 77.8 h for the placebo group; difference, 4.0 h [95% CI, -7.8 to 15.7]; geometric mean ratio, 1.2 [95% CI, 1.0-1.5]; P = .09). Based on a significant interaction of age and treatment (P = .01), there was a treatment difference in time from randomization to last administration of parenteral opioids for participants younger than 16 years (88.7 h in the poloxamer 188 group vs 71.9 h in the placebo group; difference, 16.8 h [95% CI, 1.7-32.0]; geometric mean ratio, 1.4 [95% CI, 1.1-1.8]; P = .008). Adverse events that were more common in the poloxamer 188 group than the placebo group included hyperbilirubinemia (12.7% vs 5.2%); those more common in the placebo group included hypoxia (12.0% vs 5.3%). Conclusions and Relevance: Among children and adults with SCD, poloxamer 188 did not significantly shorten time to last dose of parenteral opioids during vaso-occlusive episodes. These findings do not support the use of poloxamer 188 for vaso-occlusive episodes. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01737814.

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Cited Authors

  • Casella, JF; Barton, BA; Kanter, J; Black, LV; Majumdar, S; Inati, A; Wali, Y; Drachtman, RA; Abboud, MR; Kilinc, Y; Fuh, BR; Al-Khabori, MK; Takemoto, CM; Salman, E; Sarnaik, SA; Shah, N; Morris, CR; Keates-Baleeiro, J; Raj, A; Alvarez, OA; Hsu, LL; Thompson, AA; Sisler, IY; Pace, BS; Noronha, SA; Lasky, JL; de Julian, EC; Godder, K; Thornburg, CD; Kamberos, NL; Nuss, R; Marsh, AM; Owen, WC; Schaefer, A; Tebbi, CK; Chantrain, CF; Cohen, DE; Karakas, Z; Piccone, CM; George, A; Fixler, JM; Singleton, TC; Moulton, T; Quinn, CT; de Castro Lobo, CL; Almomen, AM; Goyal-Khemka, M; Maes, P; Emanuele, M; Gorney, RT; Padgett, CS; Parsley, E; Kronsberg, SS; Kato, GJ; Gladwin, MT

Published Date

  • April 20, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 325 / 15

Start / End Page

  • 1513 - 1523

PubMed ID

  • 33877274

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8058640

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-3598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/jama.2021.3414


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States